Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
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July 4, 2007, 9:02 a.m. (updated 10:48 a.m.)
Josh Wolf to run for Mayor of San Francisco?
The venerable Josh Wolf
This could be a long shot, but we're hearing from several sources
Wolf is considering a run for mayor of San Francisco. We're
also hearing that Wolf may make his intent official today with
an announcement at Dolores Park during Independence Day festivities.
As for Wolf's reason for running? Check out his latest
blog entry in which Wolf speaks about declaring San Francisco
a sovereign nation and urges the Board of Supervisors to amend
the City Charter, "in order to establish and clarify the
lawful standing of the United Neighborhood of San Francisco as
a sovereign nation per this Declaration and to inform the government
of the United States of America of our separate and sovereign
status in a timely and appropriate manner."
You'll recall Wolf attended the 2007
San Francisco Progressive Convention in June, but he gave
no indications of his intent to run for mayor at the event despite
supportive encouragement from Supervisor Chris Daly.
Supervisor Chris Daly and Josh Wolf at the 2007 Progressive Convention.
Update, 10:48 a.m: Josh Wolf provided Fog City Journal
with the following statement, confirming his bid to run for Mayor
of San Francisco.
Luke, thanks for your recent article about my bid for mayor
of the city and county of San Francisco. I'd like to let you know
that I have filed my declaration of intent with The City, and
plan to mount a serious campaign for the office of mayor. I will
be in Dolores Park this weekend gathering signatures in lieu of
the filing fee, and will be posting a drafted copy of my platform
at http://joshwolf.net later
It's true that I made little effort to introduce people to
my intent to run for mayor at the Progressive Convention, but
at the time it seemed that either Ross Mirkarimi or Chris Daly
would be announcing their candidacy. In the weeks that have followed
the convention no viable progressive candidates have surfaced,
and I feel that San Francisco deserves better than allowing Newsom
a free-pass for another term as mayor. With no viable candidates
to campaign for and none of the progressive heavy-weights running,
I figured it was time to throw my hat in and see if the people
of San Francisco want to support me as their mayor.
Matt Gonzalez polling
According to a reliable source, former mayoral candidate
is in the last throes of making an informed decision about running
for mayor. Gonzalez, who has commissioned a recent telephone opinion
poll, is expected to make a
final decision within two weeks.
Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez.